This week's topic is: Top Middle Grade Books
So I almost went with dystopian for this one because my love for that genre is vast, but then I realized I like a lot of middle grade and it doesn't get the spotlight it deserves around here. Plus, I'm doing a sort of unofficial Middle Grade March here on the blog, so it fits perfectly :]
1. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
This story made me feel a whole range of emotions and I adored it. It had fantastic characters and one of those plots which has many different parts that all meet up to form a complete story in the end.
2. The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
This book is absolutely amazing. Seriously. I'll push this book on everyone I know for the rest of eternity. It has everything from illustrations to a futuristic world. If you never take any other suggestion I make on this blog, that'd be okay as long as you read THIS book.
3. The Books of Elsewhere by Jacqueline West
These are the books that got me back into middle grade. It's a fun adventure with a unique and likable character. Plus, talking cats.
4. Above World by Jenn Reese
Reese created a completely fantastical world I never would have seen coming. If you're a fan of broken futuristic worlds you should definitely give this one a go.
5. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
As I write this post, I'm actually still in the middle of reading it. The thing is, though, I already know I'm going to adore it. It's amazing so far and I can't wait to finish it!
6. The Land of Elyon by Patrick Carman
I started this series when I was still in middle school, but I forgot about it after reading book two. I picked it up again a couple summers ago and reread the first two and finished up to the last book (it'll be a nice surprise when I do get around to the last one on of these days). Anyway, this series has a fantastical setting, epic journeys, and a very brave protagonist. These are quick reads definitely worthy of your time.
Okay, so I've only read a few middle grades that I would rave about since I recently got back into them, but I do have a long TBR list of them which I've heard are fantastic. So I'm cheating hardcore on this week's top ten.
1. The Humming Room by Ellen Potter
2. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
3. The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards
4. The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
5. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
6. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
7. The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet
8. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick